Creating Healthy Schools in East Ramapo Central School District

EldoradoYoga.pngThrough the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant, the Rockland County Department of Health is partnering with the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD) and surrounding communities in the Towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown to increase access to physical activity and healthier nutrition through policy, practices, and environmental supports.


During the grant period, ERCSD will:

  1. Update the district's student wellness policy to align with current expectations for adequate physical activity and nutrition for students and provide oversight.
  2. Eliminate marketing of foods and drinks that cannot be sold in school according to federal mandates.
  3. Comply with Smart Snacks in School Standards for all foods and drinks sold to students during the school day.
  4. Develop a Comprehensive School Physical Activity program to include a physical education curriculum aligned with New York State standards, before and after school opportunities for physical activity, active recess, and physical activity breaks during classroom time.



In addition, all schools will work to achieve the Healthy Schools Program award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. This program supports schools with free, online help and resources to put in place effective school health programming based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index. Each school has a wellness team to ensure healthy physical activity and nutrition practices.

To learn more about school health programming in Rockland County, visit the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition webpage.